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Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater Gives $100,000 to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (April 21, 2017) — The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater gave $100,000 to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital this week.  Jim Hedrick, co-owner of the Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater and senior vice president of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group said, “Our own little employee family has been greatly helped by the amazing medical care they have received from East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and thousands and thousands of children have been helped by the services of this hospital as well. We are able to donate to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital with one hundred percent of the proceeds from our Christmas Candle Program, whereby, LED candles are purchased by guests who attend “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry™.” We are really touched and blessed to be able to give to this worthy organization.  It is our honor and our pleasure to donate $100,000 to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.”

“I am stunned,” said Keith Goodwin, chief executive officer of East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.  “We are so blessed, so thankful and so thrilled.”  The hospital plans to use the gift to fund their programs and provide assistance to families who are not able to afford services.

Also present for the check presentation were Michael Headla, general manager of The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater; East Tennessee Children’s Hospital (ETCH) vice-presidents: Bruce Anderson, former legal services, Hella Ewing, patient care, Cathy Shuck, legal services, Carlton Long, institutional advancement, and presenting the big check is Jim Hedrick, sr. vice president of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment and Keith Goodwin, chief executive officer, ETCH.  Surrounded by the Smoky Mountain Opry’s cast, Pigeon Forge Mayor David Wear was on stage along with several Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group’s employees including Morris Turner, IT specialist, Danny Davaney, entertainer at The Comedy Barn® Theater and three of his children and Judy Caudill, general manager of The Comedy Barn® Theater, whose families have a life-time connection with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

“Our company is pleased and honored to be helping East Tennessee Children’s Hospital,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment. “It is our way of giving back.  We wish all children good health.  This donation is made possible because of the tremendous support of generous guests who gave to our Christmas Candle Program because they want to help others.”

The Smoky Mountain Opry’s™ Christmas Candle Program is used to support local charitable causes. At intermission before the live nativity scene during the “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry™” show, guests purchase LED souvenir candles “to hold high in honor of Christ.” The candles are held in honor of the spirit of giving at Christmas. One hundred percent of the proceeds from these candles go to the Smoky Mountain Opry™ Christmas Candle Fund. The Candle Fund has now given over $500,00 to local charities.

The “Smoky Mountain Opry™,” renowned as the must-see variety show in Pigeon Forge, recently reopened for the season with “Feel the Music,” an all-new original show with many new cast members and what Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group says is “their biggest and best show in Pigeon Forge to date.” The show has earned the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence five years in a row for having a five-star average rating on their site, making the “Smoky Mountain Opry™” show one of the top-performing 10 percent of businesses worldwide on Trip Advisor. The new show features a musical journey through some of music’s greatest hits with country, Broadway, the silver screen, classic rock, gospel and patriotic numbers.

In the Dec. 2014 edition of Southern Living magazine, the “Smoky Mountain Opry™” was named the “Don’t Miss Variety Show” in Pigeon Forge.

The show runs at 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday with occasional Sunday evening shows.  It also runs at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays.  For more information, visit http://www.smokymtnopry.com/ or call The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater box office at (865) 428-SHOW (7469) or 1-800-768-1170.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the Southeast, owns and produces nine shows in the Smoky Mountain area including: The “Smoky Mountain Opry™,” “The Comedy Barn®,” the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™,” “Magic Beyond Belief™” starring Darren Romeo and the “Smith Morning Variety Show” featuring Charlie Bob Smith and friends. In November and December, the company presents “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry™,” The “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud™” and “The Comedy Barn® Christmas Show.” In addition, the company produces a summer seasonal “Amazing Animals®” show at The Comedy Barn® Theater.

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Media Contact:

Deborah Fee Newsom

Director of Public Relations and Merchandising

Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group

119 Music Road,

Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

(865) 414-6887 (cell), (865) 774-8877

Deborah@FeeHedrick.com

All New 2017 Smoky Mountain Opry™ show opens with “Feel the Music”

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., March 14, 2017 –The “Smoky Mountain Opry™,” renowned as the must-see variety show in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., has opened for its grand finale farewell season with “Feel the Music,” an all-new original show, with many new cast members and what Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is promising to be their biggest and best production show in Pigeon Forge to date.  “Our new show is all about the wow,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group.   The show has earned the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence five years in a row for having a 5-star average rating on their site, making the “Smoky Mountain Opry™” show one of the top-performing 10 percent of businesses worldwide on Trip Advisor. Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is planning to re-brand the “Smoky Mountain Opry™” show and re-name the theater in 2018.

Hosted by Hugh Warren, the brand-new “Smoky Mountain Opry™ Feel the Music” show is the largest and most attended musical variety show in the Smokies and is marking its sixth season.  The new show features a musical journey through some of music’s greatest hits with country, Broadway, the silver screen, classic rock, gospel and patriotic numbers.  The song and dance performances are showcased in a variety of genres and styles ranging from ballroom to tap to country western and everything in between.  “Combine all of this with the special effects of this beautiful theater – and you are in for an incredible musical journey that you will never forget,” Fee said.

Back by popular demand are the high-flying silk aerialists Duo Artis’ Leann Farley and Semyon Gruzdev and the juggling artistry and comedy of David Hirschi, better known as “Slim Chance.”   Farley has been performing since the age of 15 all over the world.  Gruzdev graduated from one of the most prestigious dance academies in Russia and was a member of the Russian National Theater Dance Group. Chance previously performed in Las Vegas and in Branson, Mo.  He juggles a bowling ball, a rubber chicken, a ping-pong ball, saw blades and many other unusual items in his act, mixed with lots of humor and audience interaction.

“We are thrilled to welcome our new cast members and our returning cast members this year,” Fee said. “Our audiences are always amazed to see Leann and Semyon gracefully fly through the air, but they also love their quick-change act, where you barely blink and they have changed costumes.  Slim Chance is well-known for his unbelievable skillful juggling and he is heartwarming and hilarious too!

“To call The Smoky Mountain Opry show the largest and most exciting variety show in the Smokies is an understatement,” Fee said.  “We are bringing a variety of new production numbers to the stage this season, and we want to especially thank all of our fans who have seen the Smoky Mountain Opry show over the years and invite new visitors to a spectacular new show.

“Our Smoky Mountain Opry show this year features songs that our guests will remember and love all over again, with a remarkable live band,” Fee said.  “Our exceptional cast of singers, dancers and musicians bring back some great memories for our guests with genres that have truly impacted the evolution of music.”

The acclaimed “Smoky Mountain Opry™” show, in the 1400 seat Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater, is known for its diverse musical variety acts and special effects such as lasers, pyrotechnics, flying musicians, water elements and giant video screens.

Singer Charlie Bob Smith performs Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights in the “Smoky Mountain Opry™” show this year.  Smith, well known as the man of a thousand voices, was winner of The Mountain Press Readers’ People’s Choice Award seven times and “Entertainer of the Year” in 2009.  He also performs in “The Smith Morning Variety Show” at The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

Other cast and musicians in this year’s Smoky Mountain Opry Theater’s “Feel the Music” Show™” include:  Talibah Ashe, Kara Bergman, Alison Bray, Mowava Bucciero, Summer Collins-Wright, Michael DeJesus, Kevin Eknes, Matt George, Timothy Goins, Mark Holbrook, Daniel Longacre, Sally Mementowski, Tim McManus, Cody Parisi, Jeremy Phillips, Kelsey Rae Reinsfelder, Luke Sanderford, Hugh Warren, Jared Willson and Kaleb Wright.

Michael Headla, general manager of The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater and entertainment director for Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, is the producer of the 2017 Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater’s “Feel the Music” show.  The production team includes:  David Fee and Jim Hedrick, executive producers; Regina Laughlin, choreographer; Marshall Whaley, technical director; Joel Bruce, production manager; and Sunny Ware and Carol Culp, costume designers.

The show runs at 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday with matinees on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. There will be occasional Sunday shows and on holiday weekends at 3:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. The theater is located at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge.  Ticket prices are $39.95 plus tax for adults and $19.95 plus tax for children ages 3 to 11. For more information, visit http://www.smokymountainopry.com/ or call The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater box office at 865-428-7469 or 1-800-768-1170.

Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group offers a combo show deal for only $19.95 plus tax for adult tickets to The “Smoky Mountain Opry™” when guests buy a ticket to the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™” for $56.95 plus tax. With this combo deal, children are $24.95 plus tax to the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™” and free to The “Smoky Mountain Opry™” (one child per paying adult).

After this year’s regular season closes, The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater will open its “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry™” show on Nov. 1.  After the Christmas show closes in January, the theater will undergo a significant upgrade with details to be announced later this year.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the southeast, owns and produces nine shows in the Smoky Mountain area including: The “Smoky Mountain Opry™,” “The Comedy Barn®,” the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™,” “Magic Beyond Belief™” starring Darren Romeo and the “Smith Morning Variety Show” featuring Charlie Bob Smith. In November and December, the company presents “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry™,” The “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud™,” and “The Comedy Barn® Christmas Show.” In addition, the company produces a summer seasonal “Amazing Animals®” show at The Comedy Barn® Theater.

In the Dec. 2014 edition of “Southern Living” magazine The “Smoky Mountain Opry™” was named the “Don’t Miss Variety Show” in Pigeon Forge.

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Contact:  Deborah Fee Newsom

(865) 774-8877; (865) 414-6887 (cell)

Deborah@feehedrick.com

 

 

 

 

Darren Romeo Talks to the Animals in Second Season at “Magic Beyond Belief™”

Magic Second Season-2

Pigeon Forge, Tenn., March 28, 2016– “Magic Beyond Belief™” starring Darren Romeo has begun its second season of magical entertainment complete with thrills, surprises and exotic animals at the Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.   Romeo, a magician and a singer, stars in a critically acclaimed, full-scale production magic show that features white tigers, large-scale original illusions, vocal performances, celebrity impersonations, comedy and a huge tribute to the magicians who inspired him the most:  Siegfried and Roy and Harry Blackstone Jr.

“This year there are some new and fun elements added to an already incredible one-of-a-kind illusion show,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group.  “We hope you will join Darren as he ‘Talks to the Animals’ combining puppetry designed by Michael Curry (of Broadway’s ‘The Lion King) and the incredible magic from Siegfried & Roy’s Las Vegas show.  The hilarious ‘Tiger Tails’ segment that Siegfried and Roy gave Darren contains puppet tails that come to life, dancing around the stage, all the while interacting, talking and singing with Darren. This new addition is definitely sure to be a treat for kids of all ages!

“There is also a new magical piece celebrating ‘Heroes’ that has been added to the show,” Fee said.  “We all have heroes. When we are children, we have heroes, and as we grow older, our definition of heroes changes. In a beautiful, magical, musical, multimedia tribute to heroes of all kinds, Darren introduces a rare Frank Sinatra song with an entirely new and modern twist. This is the don’t miss show of 2016!

“All that said, this outrageously high energy show that features magic, music, comedy and our 650-pound tiger, Hollywood, is sure to be the talk of the town again this season,” Fee said. “Magic Beyond Belief is Pigeon Forge’s premier show for amazing, heart-pounding, fast-paced magic and grand illusions!”

The first and only protégé of world-renowned magicians Siegfried & Roy, Romeo appears six days-a-week March through October at The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater.  Romeo’s “Magic Beyond Belief™” is known for his combination of live singing with the art of magic and illusion for a one-of-a-kind magical performance. He previously performed in his own show as “Siegfried & Roy presents, Darren Romeo” at the Mirage Resort Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and all over the world.  He has also performed at Caesar’s Palace and the Flamingo Hilton in Las Vegas, at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, Calif., and other venues such as the Eldorado Resort Casino in Reno, Nev., Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Miss.; and Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino, (N.J.).

One of the most awarded magicians in the history of magic, Romeo has garnered an extensive list of accolades including:

“Magician of the Year” from the Magic Castle, The Academy of Magical Arts, Inc., “Show of the Year” (two years in a row) from the Branson Critic Association and the Milbourne Christopher Award for Notable Contributions to the “Art of Magic” from The Society of American Magicians (SAM).

In addition to all of the large illusions that audiences would expect to see on stage from Siegfried & Roy’s protégé, Romeo performs close-up magic and sleight of hand tricks in the show as well.  Two large video screens complement the show as well as music, dancers, elaborate sets, magnificent costumes and state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems.

Also Romeo carries on Harry Blackstone Jr.’s legacy by performing his famous “Floating Light Bulb” Illusion.  He is the only magician in the world granted permission from the Blackstone family to perform this tribute.

The New York Daily News called Romeo’s show “Irresistible” and the Las Vegas Review-Journal said it was “the most unique and compelling show to hit the strip in many years.” While Entertainment Today said his show was “Extraordinary. Fantastic!”

Darren Romeo in “Magic Beyond Belief™” is performed in the afternoon matinee slot at The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for the show are $29.95, plus tax each, and children 3 to 11 and under are only $9.95 plus tax. Children under 3 years old are free.  The 1400 seat theater is located at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge.  For more information call the theater’s box office (865) 428-7469 or 1-800-768-1170 or visit pigeonforgemagic.com.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the southeast, also owns and produces many other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including  “The Smoky Mountain Opry™,” the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™,” “The Comedy Barn®”, and “The Smith Morning Variety Show” featuring Charlie Bob Smith and Billy Baker as “Elwood Smooch.”

Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment offers a combination show deal when guests buy a ticket to the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™” for $54.95 plus tax they can buy a ticket to “Magic Beyond Belief™” starring Darren Romeo for only $19.95 plus tax for an adult ticket. With this combo deal, children are free to the “Magic Beyond Belief”™ show starring Darren Romeo (after guests have bought a child’s ticket to the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™”).   The company also owns Happy Days restaurant, Chef’s Catering and a web site, seepigeonforge.com, which assists visitors in planning their entire Smoky Mountain experience. +++

Smoky Mountain Opry Theater Opens for 2016 Season

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (March 2016) – After a winter hiatus, the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., has kicked off its sixth season of entertainment extravaganza. The unique 2016 “Smoky Mountain Opry” Show is a one-of-a-kind ultimate variety show that features music from classic country to yesterday’s 60s, a little Motown, best of Broadway and some patriotic and gospel/inspirational numbers. The show features new acts and new songs and runs six nights a week through Oct. 29, 2016. The popular “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” show will run in November and December. 

The spectacular “Smoky Mountain Opry” Show in the 1400-seat Smoky Mountain Opry Theater is known for its diverse musical variety acts and special effects such as lasers, pyrotechnics, flying musicians, water elements, giant video screens and live exotic animals.  David Fee, co-owner of the theater and executive producer, along with David Horton, a freelance consultant, produced and directed the 2016 production.

Kendal McKay Manning

Kendal McKay Manning

This year’s “Smoky Mountain Opry” production showcases the talents of nationally known singers, dancers, musicians, aerial artists and a comedic juggler. Hosted by T.C. Barnette, the show is the largest production show in the Smokies.  One of the shows unique elements is a 500-pound, 10-year-old rare white lion, named Tsimba-Vaati, one of only 300 in existence in the world today.

“’The Smoky Mountain Opry’ Show in Pigeon Forge this year is even bigger and more spectacular than before,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group.  “We are featuring sensational story-driven songs. We have many new songs, and we have brought back some audience favorites as well and have refreshed them with different staging and musical arrangements to create exciting new pieces. We have amazing performers from around the world who light up the stage including a daring aerial act. We have singing, dancing, lots of laughter, two tigers, a white lion and great music!”

The show feature songs made famous by Marty Robbins, Carrie Underwood, Nat King Cole, the Beatles, Mel McDaniel, Charlie Daniels, the Temptations, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Eagles and many others. There is a live band, led by bandleader Johnny Hodges, a trumpet player and former musical director on Carnival Cruise Lines.

New to the show this year is singer Charlie Bob Smith and singer/dancers Luke Sanderford and Penny Gold, and dancer Romero Patterson. Smith, well known as the man of a thousand voices, was winner of The Mountain Press Readers s Choice Award seven times and “Entertainer of the Year” in 2009.

Patterson began his formal training at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York, N.Y., when he was 18.  He trained in ballet, contemporary, tap and West African dance and graduated from the Ailey School certificate program before attending a program at the Joffrey Ballet. He previously had dancing roles at Walt Disney World.

Sanderford, of Greensboro/Winston-Salem, N.C., previously was a professional dancer and aerialist for Royal Caribbean International and an entertainer with Matt Davenport Productions.

Gold, hailing from England, has appeared on stages around the world. She trained in both dance and vocals at Tamworth Academy and won a national talent competition on the BBC.  For more than 12 years, she was a vocalist for Carnival Cruise Lines, many of those in her own featured show.

Returning to the show is the juggling artistry and comedy of David Hirschi, better known by his stage name of “Slim Chance.”  Slim is a sophisticated, juggling hillbilly with an offbeat sense of humor. He juggles a bowling ball, a rubber chicken, a Ping Pong ball, saw blades and many other items in his act, with lots of audience interaction. He previously performed in Las Vegas and in Branson, Mo.

In addition, the show features the returning act of high-flying silk aerialists Leann Farley and Semyon Gruzdev. Farley has been performing since the age of 15 in Las Vegas, as well as all over the globe. Gruzdev graduated from one of the most prestigious dance academies in Russia and was a member of the Russian National Theater Dance Group.

“Audiences are always amazed to see Leann and Semyon fly through the air, but they also love their quick-change act where you barely blink and they have changed costumes,” Fee said. “If you saw the Smoky Mountain Opry last year, you will want to rush back to see our new show. And if you missed it last year, don’t miss your opportunity this season!”

Other cast members include Summer Collins, Amanda Russell, Liz Sambol, Rocky-Jay Bowyer, Hugh Warren, Anthony Bailey, Scott Johnson, Marissa Haye, and Kendal McKay Manning. The choreographer is Brandy Bailey, and the assistant choreographer is Michael “Beetle” Bailey. Lighting design is by Marshall Whaley, and costume design for this season is by Sunny Ware.

The show runs at 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with occasional Sunday evening shows.  It also runs at 3 p.m. on Wednesdays starting March 9. The Smoky Mountain Opry opened in November 2011 and is a Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Production. It is located at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. Ticket prices are $44.95 plus tax for adults and $19.95 plus tax for children ages 3 to 11. For more information, visit http://www.smokymtnopry.com/ or call 1-800-768-1170 or (865) 428-SHOW (7469).

In the Dec. 2014 edition of “Southern Living” magazine, the Smoky Mountain Opry was named the “Don’t Miss Variety Show” in Pigeon Forge. It was also awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for having a 5-star average rating on their site, making the “Smoky Mountain Opry” show one of the top-performing 10 percent of businesses worldwide on Trip Advisor.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the Southeast, is now in its 21st season. The company also owns and produces other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including  “The Comedy Barn” Theater, The “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show,” and “Magic Beyond Belief” starring Darren Romeo.

Fee/Hedrick offers a combination show deal for only $19.95 plus tax for adult tickets to “The Smoky Mountain Opry” when guests buy a ticket to the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show” for $54.95 plus tax. With this combo deal, children are $19.95 plus tax to the “The Smoky Mountain Opry” (one child per paying adult). The company also owns Happy Days Diner restaurant, Chef’s Catering and a website, seepigeonforge.com, that assists visitors in planning their entire Smoky Mountain experience online.

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CONTACT:

Deborah Fee Newsom

(865) 414-6887 or (865) 774-8877

Deborah@FeeHedrick.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charlie Bob Smith To Star in New Morning Show at Smoky Mountain Opry Theater

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (March 2016) – Charlie Bob Smith of the Smith Family from Pigeon Forge, winner of The Mountain Press Readers’ Choice Award seven times and “Entertainer of the Year” in 2009, will perform in a brand new show called “The Smith Morning Variety Show” at The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge starting March 22.

Appearing with Smith will be a multi-talented cast of singers, dancers and musicians.  This is the first time Smith has performed with the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, which is home to the popular Pigeon Forge shows: “The Comedy Barn,” “The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud,” “Magic Beyond Belief,” starring Darren Romeo, and “The Smoky Mountain Opry.”

Charlie Bob Smith

Charlie Bob Smith

Smith is a former owner and performer of The Smith Family Theater.  A long-time local and fan favorite, Smith will star in his new morning show at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The Smith Family has entertained visitors to the Smokies for more than two decades.

“It is exciting to be bringing a new spectacular musical revue and comedy show to Pigeon Forge,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group.  “The Smith Family has always been one of the best loved family shows in the Great Smoky Mountains area. Visitors from across the country love Charlie Bob and come back to this area year after year to see him perform. I am proud Charlie Bob has joined our company and will be headlining our morning show.  He brings a unique mix of country, pop, and gospel hits to the stage as well as his world-class impersonations.”

Charlie Bob Smith said, “I am excited to begin a new chapter in my career that is new and fun. I will perform the audience favorites I have always done – the impersonations of famous stars with some new looks and freshness in a spectacular venue at the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater.”  Some of Smith’s world-class impersonations include Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, George Jones, Ray Charles and more than 30 others.

He remembers doing impressions of his grandparents when he was a child. The impressions of other performers came about through just trying things out in his living room or backstage.

For ticket information on the new “Smith Morning Variety Show,” call (865) 428-SHOW (7469). Adult tickets are $29.95, plus tax. Children 11 and under are $9.95, plus tax.  Groups of 15 or more qualify for group rates, available by calling 1-866-492-6972. The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater is located at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. For more information about the show, visit http://www.SmithMorningVarietyShow.com or call 1-800-768-1170.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the Southeast, produces this show. The company produces eight other entertainment shows in Pigeon Forge as well owning Happy Days Diner, Chef’s Catering and a website http://www.SeePigeonForge.com that helps visitors in planning their entire Smoky Mountain experience online.

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CONTACT:

Deborah Fee Newsom,

(865) 414-6887 or (865) 774-8877

Deborah@FeeHedrick.com

 

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater

PIGEON FORGE. Tenn. (Dec. 29, 2015) Why not start the new year off seeing an award-winning variety show, watching the ball drop from NYC Times Square, dancing to a live band and sipping champagne at the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.?
The 2015/2016 New Year’s Eve party at The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater will start with the show “Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry”™ at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015. The holiday show features singers, dancers, ice skaters, aerialists, magicians and comedians. It has many special effects, including laser lights and pyrotechnics, and a live show band. There is also an appearance by a majestic rare white lion.
“Bring the whole family to our third annual family-friendly New Year’s Eve Show, and party in our nice warm theater,” said David Fee, president and chief executive office of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group. “Our award winning variety show was mentioned in the December 2014 edition of Southern Living magazine as a ‘Don’t Miss Variety Show’ in Pigeon Forge, and we don’t want you to miss it! We will have a midnight countdown with champagne, soft drinks, hats, horns, confetti and streamers. Our New Year’s Eve show is popular and filling up fast.”
The theater will feature big screens inside the theater broadcasting the live feed ball drop in NYC Times Square. Also the party will include the area’s biggest midnight balloon drop and an after party in the theater.  After the ball drop, there will be a chance for guests to meet and greet the cast of the “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” show and dance with the live show band on the Opry stage.
“We will provide an evening filled with song, dance and laughter,” Fee said. “We want this to be a place where families start New Year’s Eve traditions and memories. We will let the whole family come up on stage after the ball drop and dance to party music with our live band and singers.”
The New  Year’s Eve Ticket Price is $54.95 plus tax per person. Kids are $19.95 plus tax. The theater is located at traffic light 0 at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. For more information call the theater’s box office (865) 428-7469 or 1-800-768-1170 or visit http://www.SmokyMtnOpry.com.
The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the Southeast, is now in its 20th anniversary season. The company also owns and produces other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including  “The Comedy Barn®”, The “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner and Show,”™  “The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show” featuring the Blackwoods and  “Magic Beyond Belief”™ starring Darren Romeo (which will reopen in March). Fee/Hedrick is currently running a special combination show deal that offers customers the opportunity to pay only $15 for “Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry” when they buy the world-famous “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Show.”  The company also owns Happy Days restaurant, Chef’s Catering and a website, seepigeonforge.com, that helps guests plan their entire Smoky Mountain experience online.
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CONTACT:
Deborah Fee Newsom
(865) 414-6887 or (865) 774-8877

The Blackwood Singers Say Farewell at Christmas Show at Smoky Mountain Opry Theater

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., (Dec. 17, 2015) – The Blackwoods, led by the husband and wife team of R.W. and Donna Blackwood, present their gospel farewell “Blackwoods Morning Variety Christmas Show” at the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge. The show kicked off Nov. 2 and will run until Dec. 31, 2015.  At the conclusion of the Christmas season, after a successful 15-year run in Pigeon Forge, the Blackwoods are moving their show to the Starlite Theatre in Branson, Mo., to be near their two children and 11 grandchildren.

“This show will get you in the mood for Christmas, and we hope everyone will come out and say hello and goodbye to the Blackwoods in their final month in Pigeon Forge,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group.

“Come and have a wonderful time as the Blackwoods share their favorite Christmas songs. This show features huge hits, lots of laughter and plenty of music and stories that all come together to help us remember the reason for the season. We love the Blackwoods and are sad to see them leave Pigeon Forge, but we are happy that they will soon be with their family.”

Award-winning ventriloquists Bob and Marty Hamill have rejoined the Blackwoods for their farewell Christmas show. The Hamills were presented with the highest honor ventriloquists can receive at the 34th International VentHaven Ventriloquist Convention in 2010:  The W. S. Berger Distinguished Service Award.

Donna Blackwood said, “You will hear the story of the birth of Christ like it has never been told before by Bob Hamill and his dummy, Horace. Then you will hear a voice in the role of Mary saying what Mary might have thought that night, and then we finish the segment singing a rendition of the song, ‘Mary Did You Know.’”

R.W. Blackwood said, “For years, the Hamills have traveled the globe and have earned the reputation of being among the best ventriloquists in the world. We are thrilled to have them in our Christmas show.”

Other highlights of the “Blackwood’s Morning Variety Christmas Show” include “White Christmas,” “Holy Is the Lord,” “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem,” and “Joy to the World.” The Blackwood’s Morning Show also features country, gospel and patriotic music.

The Blackwoods are one of the most highly acclaimed gospel groups of our time. Through the years, R.W. and Donna Blackwood and members of the Blackwood family have recorded over 200 albums. They have won eight Grammy awards (including one with Barbara Mandrell and three with Porter Wagoner), 27 Dove Awards, five All-American Music Awards, the Publisher’s Choice Diamond Award, and they have sold more than 60 million records. The Blackwoods have been seen on every major television and radio network. They have been inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, Grammy Hall of Fame, The Gospel Music Association (GMA) Hall of Fame, the Southern Gospel Music Association (SGMA) Museum and Hall of Fame and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.

R.W. and Donna Blackwood have been performing with the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group since 2003 and in Pigeon Forge since 2001. They have entertained hundreds of thousands of fans with their gospel show.  They have performed 2,854 shows from 2003 to 2015.

The current members of “The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show” include R. W. Blackwood, Donna Blackwood, Brad Smith, Brian Norris, Greg Stout and Karen Williams Tillery (who has performed in over 40 Bill Gaither videos and for 10 years on Trinity Broadcast Network (TBN).

“The Blackwoods Morning Variety Christmas Show” is open six days a week at 10 a.m. (preshow starts at 9:30 a.m.) at the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater. (The show is closed on Monday). Adult tickets are $29.95, plus tax. Children 11 and under are $9.95, plus tax. Tickets are available by calling (865) 428-SHOW (7469). Groups of 20 or more qualify for group rates, available by calling 1-866-492-6972. The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater is located at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. For more information about the show, visit http://www.smokymtnopry.com/shows/blackwoods-morning-variety-show or call 1-800-768-1170.

The show is part of the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group that includes: “The Comedy Barn,”  “Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry,” “The Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner and Show, ” “Magic Beyond Belief” (the magic show will return in March), Happy Days Diner, Chef’s Catering and a website www.SeePigeonForge.com that helps guests plan their entire Smoky Mountain experience online. The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the southeast, is now in its 20th anniversary season.

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Contact:

Deborah Fee Newsom

Director of Public Relations and Merchandising

(865) 414-6887 (cell), (865) 774-8877

Deborah@FeeHedrick.com

‘Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry’ Theater opens as ‘Year of the Elves!’

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (November 2015) – From Santa and his magical elves to the area’s largest living Nativity, “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., is opening its spectacular Christmas show on Nov. 2.

Filled with the music of the holiday season, the multi-million dollar “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” show features award winning aerialists and ice skaters and Santa’s giant workshop, where toys come to life. The Christmas show includes lots of live animals such as majestic camels, horses, donkeys and a rare white lion.SMOpry Christmas#1

“’Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry’ has been expanded to be an even bigger and better Christmas celebration than previous years,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group. “Our Christmas show brings to the stage a talented cast of musicians, singers, dancers and comedians performing in the largest, most spectacular Christmas show in the Smokies. We have traditional and new Christmas music, as well as a section of the show devoted to a country Christmas. We have the beauty of the true meaning of Christmas – a huge living Nativity scene that tells a story and celebrates the birth of Christ. This dramatic representation of the major events related to the birth of Christ includes animals, shepherds, wise men, Mary, Joseph and, of course, little baby Jesus.

“This is a magical and fantastic Christmas show,” Fee said. “There is something for the entire family. We have the best performers in the whole area including incredible aerialists and funny acts such as Slim Chance, a hilarious comedic juggler, who was named Branson comedian of the year, two years in a row. This is our ‘Year of the Elves,’ and Santa’s elves are prominent in this year’s show. They are busy working overtime and feeling the stress of the deadlines of Christmas. This enormous production also has unique special effects such as flying musicians and angels, snow falling softly in the theater and an electrifying laser light show.”

Fee said that the staff, producers, directors and entertainers have put into the show all of the things that remind people of Christmas such as jingle bells, dazzling lights and being at home with your family.

“We knew we wanted to create a family tradition that people would want to come back to year after year,” Fee said.  “We want to help people create Christmas memories. We are bringing back audience favorites from last year, and we have many new surprises to make the show even better this year. For example, we have created a very special Christmas moment for veterans. We have beautiful new costumes, amazing choreography, incredible special effects and lavish sets.

“We have an ice rink on stage that appears and disappears,” Fee said.  “We have former ‘Disney on Ice’ ice skaters Marco Del Zotto and Samantha Delgado, who will be bringing their pinpoint precision, graceful elegance and gravity-defying lifts to our stage. We also have Santa Claus, of course. We are extremely proud of ‘Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry’. This show is amazing and exhilarating!”

Fee co-produces the show with David Horton, creative director/consultant for Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group. Joel Bruce is the production manager, Sandy Inbody is the director, Brandy Bailey is the choreographer, Asia Milburn is the costume designer and Marshall Whaley is the lighting/special effects designer.

Fee said, “Whether you are just starting your family tradition of coming to Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry or continuing this tradition from years past, our hope is that you and your family will feel the wonder that only this season brings, and we are honored to be a part of your Christmas celebration.”

“Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” Theater is performed this season in the afternoon matinee slot at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and in the evening at 8 p.m. every night of the week. Tickets for the Christmas show are $49.95, plus tax each, and children 11 and under are $19.95 plus tax each. Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more for the Christmas show. The show will run until Jan. 3, 2016.

The theater is at traffic light 0 at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. For more information, call the theater’s box office 865-428-7469 or 1-800-768-1170 or visit http://www.SmokyMtnOpry.com. “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” will have a special New Year’s Eve Show on Dec. 31.

In the Dec. 2014 edition of “Southern Living” magazine, the Smoky Mountain Opry was named the “Don’t Miss Variety Show” of Pigeon Forge. It was also awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for having a 5-star average rating on that site, making the “Smoky Mountain Opry” show one of the top-performing 10 percent of businesses worldwide on Trip Advisor.

Cast members for this year’s “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” show include specialty acts: ice skaters Marco Del Zotto and Amie Delgado; aerialists, Leann Farley and Simmone Gruzdev; and comedic juggler, David Hirschi, as Slim Chance. Vocalists include Marissa Haye, vocal captain, and Anthony Bailey, TC Barnette, Kendal Manning, Hollie Tkacik, and Hugh Warren. The understudies are Anthony Bucciero and Maria Albani-Cook. Singer/dancers include Scott Johnson and Liz Sambol. Dancers include  Adam Gullidge, dance captain, and Rocky Bowyer, Summer Collins, Casey DiPersio, Travis Layman and Amanda Russell. Understudies are Brandy and Beetle Bailey. Chorus members include Cedric Paige and Amy Jo Wagner. Band members, led by band director, Johnny Hodges include Mark Holbrook, Vince Ilagan, Dave Jackson, Chris Patterson, Daniel Reeves, Greg Stout, Jarod Wilson and Kaleb Wright.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the Southeast, is now in its 20th anniversary season. The company also owns and produces other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including  “The Comedy Barn”, The “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner and Show,”  “The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show” featuring the Blackwoods and “Magic Beyond Belief” starring Darren Romeo (which will reopen in March). Fee/Hedrick offers a combination show deal for only $14.95 plus tax for adult tickets to “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” when guests buy a ticket to the “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner and Show” nfor $54.95 plus tax. With this combo deal, children are free to the “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” (one child per paying adult). The company also owns Happy Days Diner restaurant, Chef’s Catering and a website, seepigeonforge.com, that assists visitors in planning their entire Smoky Mountain experience online.

Contact:

Deborah Fee Newsom

Director of Public Relations and Merchandising

(865) 414-6887 (cell), (865) 774-8877

Deborah@FeeHedrick.com

Smoky Mountain Opry Adds Sunday Shows starting Oct. 4

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (September 2015) – Following demand, the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., will add Sunday shows to its schedule beginning Oct. 4 that will continue through the rest of the year.

“Shows will now run every day of the week for ‘America’s Ultimate Variety Show,’” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group. “Call and reserve your tickets early so you can get a good seat. The show this year is awesome! We have a lot of new high-energy numbers, and we have brought back our most requested audience favorite numbers as well. The show is packed with all sorts of different styles of music and special effects. It is a powerful show the whole family will love. We have a stunning variety show with country, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, Motown, rock ‘n roll, big band, top hits, gospel, movie greats, Broadway and patriotic numbers. This season has something for everyone.

“We are absolutely delighted that we have had such demand for the show that we have added Sundays,” said Fee. “Our new show has gotten rave reviews by our guests. We have the largest and most attended variety show in the Smokies, with lavish costumes, vibrant sets and majestic animals!

“The Smoky Mountain Opry Show” is a family friendly show with world-class singers, dancers, musicians, comedians, jugglers, aerialists and live exotic animals. State of the art special effects include lasers, pyrotechnics, performers that fly overhead, giant video screens and concert quality lighting and sound. The cast is available to meet the public following each show.

This year’s “Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry” begins Nov. 2.  “It is the biggest and best Christmas show in the area,” Fee said. “This is a multi-million dollar production that features soaring angels, dancing elves, Santa Claus and most importantly, the celebration of the birth of Christ with the area’s largest living nativity!”

In the December 2014 edition of Southern Living magazine, the Smoky Mountain Opry was named the “Don’t Miss Variety Show” of Pigeon Forge. It was also awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for having a 5-star average rating on their site, making the Smoky Mountain Opry one of the top-performing 10 percent of businesses worldwide on Trip Advisor.

The regular show will run through Oct. 30, and the Smoky Mountain Opry Christmas Show will begin on Nov 2. The theater will be closed on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 to change out the shows. Regular performances run every night of the week at 8 p.m., with a 3 p.m. matinee on Wednesdays until Oct. 30. Beginning Nov. 2 with the opening of “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry, there will be matinee shows on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturdays. Reservations can be made in advance by calling 1-800-768-1170 or (865) 428-show (7469) or online at http://www.smokymtnopry.com/.

Show tickets are $44.95 per person plus tax for the regular show, $49.95 plus tax for the Christmas show and $19.95 per person for children ages 3 to 11. Children ages 2 and under are free.

The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater is located at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge, at traffic light 0. Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the Southeast, is now in its 20th anniversary season. The company also owns and produces four other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including  “The Comedy Barn Theater®,” The “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner and Show,” “The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show” featuring the Blackwoods and a new show that opened this year, “Magic Beyond Belief™” starring Darren Romeo.  “Magic Beyond Belief” will close for the season on Sunday, Oct. 25, and reopen next year. “The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show” will continue until the end of the year every day except Mondays, and then it will relocate to Branson for next year. The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group also owns Happy Days Diner and Chef’s Catering.

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Deborah Fee Newsom

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‘Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show’ featured on Animal Planet ‘Tanked’ TV Series Friday Night

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Jan. 13, 2015) – “The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show” will be featured on the television show “Tanked” this Friday, Jan. 16, at 9 p.m. on the Animal Planet Network as the season finale.

The episode, titled “When the Moon(shine) Hits Your Eyes,” will feature an old moonshine still that was in the lobby of the theater and is replaced with an aquarium. Also shown will be scenes from the actual “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show” as well as the tank reveal to the cast members and to David Fee and Jim Hedrick, co-owners of the theater.

Wayde King and co-host Brett Raymer (business partners and best friends) who own Acrylic Tank Manufacturers (ATM) in Las Vegas, host the popular TV series, seen each Friday night on Animal Planet. The two began the series four years ago.

Animal Planet Tanked episode at Hatfield and McCoy Dinner ShowThe reality show features King and Raymer traveling all over the world designing one-of-a-kind, custom-made outrageously themed fish aquariums. They have created tanks to look like pyramids, phone booths, cars, trucks and much more. Also featured in the show is Robert “Robbie Redneck” Christlieb.

Spoiler Alert:  The Jan. 16 episode will feature a 1,200-gallon fish tank in the shape of a moonshine still with a copper dome. Next to the still are two smaller tanks shaped like moonshine jugs. The tank weighs almost five tons. Inside the tank are more than 50 fish.  The Hatfield family is represented by a species of fish known as a hi-hat, and the McCoy family is represented by the koi fairy wrasse. Other types of fish in the aquarium include surgeonfish, angelfish, puffers, snappers and what else, but triggerfish! It is a saltwater tank with a freshwater theme.

When the tank was revealed, the cast, dressed in their show costumes, ran into the lobby to see the aquarium. Both families “hollered,” clapped, cheered and fired their guns, loaded with blanks, and then started to play their instruments. There was even a live pig named “Lou Lou” on hand that squealed with delight.

Fee, president and chief executive officer of Fee/Hedrick and co-owner of the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show said, “We are delighted that the Animal Planet ‘Tanked’ TV series chose the Hatfield and McCoy lobby for their show. We encourage people to watch the show this Friday night and to stop by the lobby of our theater to see our moonshine still tank.”  More than two million viewers will see the segment on Animal Planet.

“The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show” is currently running and tells a hilarious story inspired by real life tragic events. The musical clogging show is full of comedy, romance, forgiveness and laughter with many twists.

This approximately two-hour live show offers guests extraordinary country, bluegrass, and gospel vocal and instrumental musical performances, award-winning hillbilly musicians and cloggers and a huge mountain feast.

For more information about the show, visit www.HatfieldMcCoyDinnerFeud.com or call (865) 908-7469 (SHOW).  The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Theater is located at 119 Music Road between traffic lights 0 and 1 on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge next to the Titanic.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the Southeast, is now in its 20th anniversary season. The show is part of the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group that includes “The Comedy Barn®”, the “Smoky Mountain Opry” and the “Blackwoods Morning Variety Show” featuring the Blackwoods. The company will open a new show, “Magic Beyond Belief,“ in March. The company also owns Happy Days Diner, Chef’s Catering and a website, http://www.seepigeonforge.com that helps guests plan their entire Smoky Mountain experience online.

Ticket prices for The “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show” are $49.95 plus tax, and children are free. Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more. Fee/Hedrick is currently running a special combination show deal that offers customers the opportunity to pay only $15 plus tax for “The Smoky Mountain Opry” when they buy the world-famous “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show.”

 

CONTACT:

Deborah Fee Newsom

(865) 414-6887 or (865) 774-8877

Deborah@FeeHedrick.com